English for Speakers of Other Languages

What is ESOL?
English for Speakers of Other Languages is a specific curriculum that is sequenced in order of increasing linguistic complexity. The purpose of ESOL is to provide targeted activities and practice with developmentally appropriate language forms and functions that will allow students to acquire the English language. Students are grouped by language proficiency level to ensure that the language they are learning and practicing is appropriate to their language proficiency level. Students practice language in all four domains (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

Why do we need ESOL?
ESOL is a mandatory curricular area for all English learners via federal (Castaņeda v. Pickard) and state law (ORS 336.079). ESOL must be a part of the daily program for every English learner. ESOL is not necessary for all students who learned English. Once a student has reached high levels of English proficiency, although not yet considered fluent, will continue to receive embedded English instruction through Sheltered instruction. More ESOL Philosophy